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A week before Valentine's Day, "Shana" and "Dan" were the popular harness racing couple, winning Yonkers Raceway's $32,000 Saturday night co-featured Open Handicaps. "Shana," as in Crazshana (Jason Bartlett, $6.70) prevailed from the pocket in the week's featured trot. Leaving from post position No. 4, he tailed a three-wide-early Red Hot Herbie (Brian Sears) through that's one journey (:28.1, :57.4, 1:26.4). "Herbie," as the 9-10 favorite, put away a second move from Not Afraid (Dan Dube), taking a length-and-a-half lead into the lane. However, he couldn't close the sale, surrounded from both sides. Crazshana edged out and went by, whipping a cone-skimming Money Maven (George Brennan) by a length in 1:55.2. Red Hot Herbie, lone lass Tweet Me (Pat Lachance) and Headsaregonna Turn (Tyler Buter) completed the cashers. For second choice Crazshana, a 4-year-old statebred Crazed gelding owned by Bamond Racing and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., it was his first win in three seasonal starts. The exacta paid $25.40, with the triple returning $77.50. The weekly marquee pace saw odds-on Atta Boy Dan (Brennan, $3) prevail from post No. 5 in a two-move effort. After he and Polak A (Sears) were put in play early (:28.3 opening quarter-mile), Melmerby Beach (Bartlett)--who was throwing his head around early--made a big move, from fifth to the lead before a :57.3 intermission. Melmerby Beach maintained his place in and out of a 1:24.4 three-quarters, with a length-and-a-half lead in and out of the final turn. He was then ganged up on by a trio of "outsiders," with Atta Boy Dan edging from the pocket and beating a wider Polak A by a neck in 1:53. A rallying Hugh Hefner N (Jordan Stratton), Rock Icon (Matt Kakaley) and a tiring Melmerby Beach rounded out the payees. For Atta Boy Dan, a 7-year-old Western Terror gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, he's 1-for-3 this season. The exacta paid $9.40, with the triple returning $38.60. The Raceway's live season continues Monday night with a dozen races, a $10,000 guaranteed Pick 5 pool and a first post of 7:10 PM. Frank Drucker

Regil Elektra and harness racing driver Jason Bartlett won the draw, the hearts and minds of the electorate and the race Friday night, annexing Yonkers Raceway's $32,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace. From the pole, Regil Elektra saw Inittowinafortune (Jordan Stratton) take the first ballot. The people's preference then reclaimed the lead before a :27.4 opening quarter-mile. From there, it was very simple (:57.2, 1:25.4, 1:54), with Massive Attack A (George Brennan) trying it weak first-over. The end result was a handy, three-length victory. Dune in Red (Mark MacDonald) was a three-hole second, with Inittowinafortune, Elisaveta N (Eric Carlson) and Bazooka Terror (Tyler Buter) rounding out the payees. For Regil Elektra, a 6-year-old daughter of Mach Three owned by Fred Monteleone and trained by Keith Armer, she's now 3-for-5 this season. The exacta paid $10.80, with the triple returning $25.20. The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night, with a dozen races and a first post of 7:10 PM. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - If harness racing driver Steve Smith brings in a 95-1 shot, are we in for more, six more weeks of winter? Smith and Bullseye ($192.50) was cited for excessive tote board lighting Tuesday afternoon, winning Yonkers Raceway's $10,000, eighth-race pace with the chunkiest mutuel of the season. Unhurried from post position No. 7, Bullseye was seventh at the three-quarters and fifth into the lane. He outmuscled Inthenameofjames (Jason Bartlett) by three-quarters of length in 1:55, his first board finish in three 2016 tries. Last Dragon (Brian Sears), the just-over-even-money favorite, led into the stretch but tired and finished last. Bullseye, a 5-year-old Cam's Card Shark gelding owned by Alroy Chow and trained by Anita Vallee, also led the highest exacta ($793) thus far this season. It's fair to say upset, which begin the Pick 5 sequence, was responsible for the wager going unclaimed. Thus, Friday night's gimmick features a carryover of $2,163.39 (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11). Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, January 31, 2016 -- Asking. Requesting. Begging, Cajoling. Whichever of the above works for you, Yonkers Raceway is offering a friendly reminder that they're closing in on closing dates for various harness racing events. Tomorrow (Monday, Feb. 1) is the deadline for the Petticoat (girls) and Sagamore Hill (boys) Pacing Series, each for limited-resume 3- and 4-year-olds (non-winners of the four races and/or $40,000 through this past Dec. 1). After that, closing dates (in chronological order) are... --Feb. 15 - Yonkers Raceway/SOA of New York Bonus Trotting Series-- --Mar. 1 - Blue Chip Matchmaker/George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series-- --Apr. 1 - Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace (2-year-old colts/geldings)-- --Apr. 15 - Jackpot Next Door Claiming Series-- Nomination forms, which accompany this release, are also available at www.yonkersraceway.com, in the nightly racing program as well as other harness-related sites. For more information, please contact the race office at (914) 457-2627. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, January 30, 2016 - A pocketed Somebody AS (Jordan Stratton, $13.40) and a down-the-road Phil Your Boots (Tyler Buter, $5.40) earned the glory Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing co-featured $32,000 Open Handicaps. The weekly featured trot saw Somebody AS from assigned post position No.3 watched invading Major Athens (George Brennan) led the way. The slight 2-1 choice threw down the anvil (:28.1, :57.2, 1:26), taking a length-and-a-half lead into the lane. Red Hot Herbie (Brian Sears), who found an early three-hole, loomed at the leader in and out of the final turn, but flattened. Somebody AS though, was waiting for his shot. He ducked inside and bested a rallying Crazshana (Jason Bartlett) by a neck in 1:54.4, fastest local mile of the season. Red Hot Herbie settled for third, with Major Athens Zooming (Buter) completed the cashers. For third choice Somebody AS, a 7-year-old Striking Sahbra gelding trained by Anette Lorentzon for co-owners ACL Stuteri Ab and Kjell Johansson, it was his first win in two seasonal starts. The exacta paid $102.50, with the triple returning $703. The week's pacing feature had 17-10 choice "Phil" leave from post No. 5, steal away with a cheap (:28.0, 57.4) half. From there, the pursuers had no shot, with a :55.4 back portion (1:25.4; 1:53.3). The final margin was a length-and-three-quarters over a good effort from Melmerby Beach (Bartlett), with Texas Terror N (Matt Kakaley), Atta Boy Dan (Brennan) and Hugh Hefner N (Stratton) settling for the remainder. For Phil Your Boots, a 6-year-old Shanghai Phil gelding trained by Andrew Harris for owner Louis Frascella, he's now 2-for-3 this season. The exacta (two wagering favorites) paid $12.60, the triple returning $129.50 and the superfecta paid $949. The Raceway's live season continues Monday night, with a dozen races and a first post of 7:10 PM. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, January 29, 2016 - Locally-debuting Tessa Seelster with harness racing driver George Brennan at the controls overcame one eight-hole and seven elders Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $32,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. It turned out to be an outside-assigned, two-speed number, as "Tessa" and Inittowinafortune (Jordan Stratton) both left around a dormant Regil Elektra (Brian Sears). It was Tessa Seelster making the lead well before a :27.3 quarter-mile. From there, she finished off her rounds  :57, 1:24.4, 1:53.2...plus an elongated inquiry regarding a possible cutting-the-cones violation). Inittowinafortune took her shot in the lane, but missed a head, with slight 2-1 favorite Rockn' Ruby N (Dan Dube), Regil Elektra and Dune in Red (Mark MacDonald) settling for the remainder. For third choice Tessa Seelster, a 4-year-old daughter of Shadow Play co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and Jonathan Newman, she's now 3-for-3 this season. The exacta paid $200, with the triple returning $1,392. The former Ontario standout was a six-figure purchase before this season by her new connections. The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night, with a dozen races and a first post of 7:10 PM. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, January 27, 2016-Yonkers Raceway's weekend offers up thrice the $32,000 Open Handicaps for your dining and dancing pleasure. Since we're nothing if not chivalrous, the ladies are the opening act, with Friday night's (first post 7:10 PM) distaff pacing derby going as the sixth race. Last week's Preferred 'Cap winner Regil Elektra (Brian Sears, post 6) is already 2-for-3 this season, as are Bazooka Terror (Eric Carlson, post 2) and The Empiressister N (Jason Bartlett, post 3). The unknown interloper is 4-year-old Tessa Seelster (George Brennan, post 8) sent outside her elders for a just her third career half-mile try (Flamboro, Grand River). She enters after pair of wins across the river. Saturday night (first post 7:10 PM) finds the week's marquee trot (sixth race) offers a rivalry between recent winners Dot Dot Dot Cash (Matt Kakaley, post 6), Red Hot Herbie (Sears, post 7) and Not Afraid (Dan Dube, post 8). Some new blood arrives in the presence of barn-changing Crazshana (Bartlett, post 1) and Meadows-invading Major Athens (Brennan, post 5). The weekly pacing feature (eighth race) has Aslan (Sears, post 8) banished behind the eight-ball after winning this race two weeks ago (last weekend's rivalry meeting was snowed out). Down Under flavor is in the form of Texas Terror N (Kakaley, post 2) and Hugh Hefner N (Jordan Stratton, post 4). The Raceway's season continues Thursday evening (first 7:10 PM), the final Thursday until March.0- Frank Drucker Director of Publicity

YONKERS, NY, Friday, January 22, 2016 - Regil Elektra with harness racing driver Jason Bartlett in the bike, was encouraged early and in hand late Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $24,000 Filly and Mare Preferred Handicap Pace. Getting some gate reminders from post position No. 4, Regil Elektra made the lead before a :28.1 quarter-mile. From there, no sweat (:57.3, 1:26, 1:53.4), with that :27.4 kicker denying anyone else a shot. Pole-assigned Jungle Genie N (Matt Kakaley) chased from the pocket while beaten a length-and-three-quarters, with Massive Attack N (George Brennan), tepid 9-5 choice Rockn' Ruby N (Dan Dube) a trailing-throughout Jonsie Jones (Tyler Buter) completing the payees/finishers. For second choice Regil Elektra, a 6-year-old daughter of Mach Three owned by Fred Monteleone and trained by Keith Armer, it was her second win in three seasonal starts. The exacta paid $20.60, with triple wagering cancelled due to limited entrants. A reminder that in advance of the northeast's snowstorm, live racing (and all simulcasting) has been scrapped for Saturday (Jan. 23). Live racing is scheduled to resume Monday, Jan., 25, with a first post of 7:10 PM. As of this writing, with NYRA not having made a decision regarding Aqueduct's Sunday (Jan. 24) program, Yonkers' status for Sunday simulcasting is TBA. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - Proving he's not quite ready to join AARP-that's the American Association of Retired Pacers-14-year-old Sakra Fella (Scott Zeron, $66.50) showed a group of harness racing youngins what for, winning Yonkers Raceway's Tuesday matinee opener. Sakra Fella closed from fourth through the lane in the $6,500 opener to whip pace-setting 2-5 favorite Arthur (Matt Kakaley) by three-quarters of a length in 1:58.1. Combined with an earlier win at Monticello, the Pacific Fella gelding is now 2-for-3 this season as the one-horse stable of Dolores and Carl Dobkowski. Mr. Dobkowski, the trainer since Day One, turns 91 next month. Sakra Fella had gone winless is limited work (10 starts) over the previous two seasons and has never won more than twice in a year since 2008, when he made 38 starts. As was pointed out by more than one shrewd observer, Sakra Fella's local race lines predate Yonkers' "slot era," beginning with a qualifier in February, 2005. Tuesday's win was his 20th in his 180th career start ($298,902). Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Monday, January 18, 2016 - Yonkers Raceway and the Standardbred Owners Association of New York have announced a joint contribution to assist those affected by the Classy Lane barn fire. The initial donation is $10,000-equally shared by the track and its horsemen-with an initiative underway to increase that amount."As with the rest of the harness industry, we were stunned and saddened by what happened," Raceway COO Bob Galterio said. "We have enjoyed a strong simulcast relationship with Ontario tracks for many years, and we're thinking of those horsemen and their loss at this very difficult time." "It's the worst thing that can happen to anyone in this business, so we're just trying to assist in any way we can," SOA of New York president Joe Faraldo said. In addition to the "first donation," Yonkers' owners, trainers and drivers have been encouraged to set aside a portion of their purse earnings to be earmarked to the Central Ontario Standardbred Association. The SOA has specifically requested that the half the money raised go toward caretaker assistance and for those trainers who had three or fewer horses. Distribution of the balance is at the sole discretion of COSA for those based upon financial need. "We've had any number of our members ask how they can help," Faraldo said. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, January 17, 2016 - Not Afraid with harness racing driver Dan Dube at the controls held off Red Hot Herbie (Brian Sears) in a two-speed number Sunday afternoon, winning Yonkers Raceway's $32,000 Open Handicap Trot. Assigned post position No. 5 among the half-dozen, Not Afraid and outside-remanded "Herbie" were both in play early. Not Afraid retook from Red Hot Herbie right before the :28.4 opening quarter-mile, then rated a comfy 59-second intermission. It was a 1:27.3 three-quarters as Tweet Me (Pat Lachance) moved from third, in front of 13-10 choice Dot Dot Dot Dash (Matt Kakaley). Not Afraid owned a length-and-three-quarter lead into the lane, then held sway despite drifting.. He whipped Red Hot Herbie by a half-length in 1:55.4...fastest local trot mile thus far this season. Tweet Me, Dot Dot Dot Dash and Zooming (Tyler Buter) came away with the remainder, while Theraputic (George Brennan) was outrun. For second choice Not Afraid, a now-7-year-old S J's Caviar gelding trained by Jimmy Takter for co-owners his wife, Christina, John Fielding and Goran Anderberg, he's now 2-for-2 in 2016. The exacta paid $19, with the triple returning $118. Note that the "French" Sunday matinees take a hiatus until Feb. 28. The Raceway's season continues Monday (first post 7:10 PM) and Tuesday (1 PM). Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, January 16, 2016 - Aslan with harness racing driver Brian Sears in the bile, was there when it counted Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $32,000 Open Handicap Pace. Sitting chilly from post position No. 4, he watched as 3-2 choice Melmerby Beach (Jason Bartlett) moved around Journeyman (George Brennan) for the lead. Melmerby Beach seemingly had his own way through intervals of :28.2, :57.2 and 1:25.2. Between the second and third substations, Aslan engaged from fourth. He had some work to do as "Melmerby" had a length-and-three-quarter lead into the lane. However, Aslan wasn't done, fighting the good fight before prevailing by a neck in 1:53.4. Journeyman, rank outsider Panic Disorder (Dan Dube) and Hugh Hefner N (Jordan Stratton) rounded out the payees. For second choice Aslan, a now-7-year-old Mach Three gelding owned (as O'Sullivan Racing) and trained by Tony O'Sullivan, it was his first win in a pair of seasonal starts. The exacta paid $17, with the triple returning $58. The Raceway's season continues with a "French" Sunday (post time 11:55 AM), Monday (7:10 PM) and Tuesday (1 PM). Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, January 15, 2016 -- Favored Secret's Out N with harness racing driver Brian Sears in the bike were both patient and punctual Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $24 Filly and Mare Preferred Handicap Pace. Assigned post position No. 5 among the six-pack, Secret's Out N was away third, watching as Rockn' Ruby N (Dan Dube) two-moved around Jonsie Jones (Tyler Buter), After early intervals of :28.1 and :58.3, the people's choice took up the chase. She engaged "Ruby" in and out of the 1:27.1 three-quarters, with the latter owning a short advantage into the lane. However, Secret's Out N had her rival lined up, winning by a measured neck in 1:54.1. Jonsie Jones, unable to match strides with those two, angled and settled for third. Bazooka Terror (George Brennan) and Regil Elektra (Eric Carlson) rounded out the payees, while Apricot Sour (Jason Bartlett) had a learning experience. For Secret's Out N, a now-6-year-old Down Under daughter of Mach Three owned by Andrew Herzog and trained by Tom Milici, she won her seasonal debut. The exacta paid $9.90, with the triple returning $31.60. The Raceway's season continues Saturday (post time 7:10 PM), Sunday (11:55 AM), Monday (7:10 PM) and Tuesday (1 PM). Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, January 10, 2016 - It was wet rather than white as favored Not Afraid and harness racing driver Dan Dube proved best Sunday afternoon, winning Yonkers Raceway's $32,000 Open Handicap Trot. Leaving from post position No. 4, he had some company with Theraputic (George Brennan) and Red Hot Herbie (Brian Sears). "Herbie" made the lead before a :28.2 opening quarter-mile as Not Afraid deferred into a three-hole. After a 58-second intermission, Not Afraid was moving again, hooking Red Hot Herbie in and out of the 1:28.1 three-quarters. Red Hot Herbie owned a short lead into the lane, but Not Afraid was relentless. He put away "Herbie," then held off a hard-charging Dot Dot Dot Dash (Matt Kakaley) by a neck in 1:57. Red Hot Herbie, Tweet Me (Pat Lachance) and Sumatra (Jordan Stratton) completed the cashers, while Theraputic tired to last among the half-dozen. For Not Afraid, a now-7-year-old S J's Caviar gelding trained by Jimmy Takter for co-owners his wife, Christina, John Fielding and Goran Anderberg, he won his seasonal debut (career earnings up and over $700,000). The exacta paid $40, with the triple returning $143. The Raceway's season continues Monday evening (first post 7:10 PM) and Tuesday (1 PM). Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, January 9, 2016 - Phil Your Boots (Tyler Buter, $7.40) took it to the house Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $24,000 Preferred Handicap Pace. Sent immediately to work from post position No. 5, Phil Your Boots worked around pole-sitting Cyclone Kiwi N (Jason Bartlett) and was on his way. He then led the way (:27.2; :56.1, 1:24.3, 1:52.3), with 11-10 favorite Aslan (Brian Sears) trying it first-up from third. "Phil" owned a length-and-a-half lead into the lane, then held off Aslan by a length-and-three-quarters. Third went to Cyclone Kiwi N, with Drunken Desire A (Matt Kakaley) and Fameous Western (George Brennan) showing belated interest for the final pay envelopes. For second choice Phil Your Boots, a now-6-year-old Shanghai Phil gelding owned by Louis Frascella and trained by Andrew Harris, he won his seasonal debut. The exacta paid $20.20, with the triple returning $42.20. The Raceway's season continues with a "French-centric" Sunday afternoon (first post 12:10 PM), along with Monday (7:10 PM) and Tuesday (1 PM). Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, January 8, 2016 - Odds-on favorite Regil Elektra and harness racing driver Brian Sears were more than good enough Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's featured $20,000 conditioned pace for the ladies. In play from post position No. 3, Regil Elektra was looped leaving by Cracker Coffee (Tyler Buter) directly to her outside. The people's preference then took over before a :28.1 opening quarter-mile. From there, intervals of :57.2, 1:26.1 and 1:54.2 made her a safe winner. Rockn Ruby N (Dan Dube) wound up a three-hole second-beaten a length-and-a-quarter-with Cracker Coffee, Apricot Sour (Jason Bartlett) and Nippy W Hanover (Jordan Stratton) rounding out the payees. Bartlett has seven wins through the first two programs. For Regil Elektra, a now-6-year-old daughter of Mach Three owned by Fred Monteleone and trained by Keith Armer, she won her seasonal debut. The exacta paid $6.80, the triple (three wagering favorites in order) returned $17.20 and the superfecta paid $114.50. The Raceway's season continues Saturday night (first post 7:10 PM), Sunday afternoon (12:10 PM), along with Monday (7:10 PM) and Tuesday (1 PM). Frank Drucker

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